Brock Carmichael

The core objective of The Octagon Partnership is centred on providing clients with excellence in design and management through driving and executing Sustainable Architecture.


The Octagon Partnership is a working partnership between two companies: Brock Carmichael Architects and the Oval Partnership which was set up to work on projects across a variety of design disciplines. It comprises a multi-disciplinary international network team of highly skilled and very experienced architects, planners and designers, with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, London and Liverpool and with extensive experience in both Europe and in Asia.

We provide an integrated service and have a proven track record in setting high design standards within exacting targets of programme and budget. Our close client contact and Partner involvement from briefing to completion ensures a high quality of both service and product.

Our History

The Octagon Partnership was established as a 50:50 joint venture company in 2012 and brings together over 62 years of combined experience in providing architectural and design services. Between us, the two businesses have delivered a wide portfolio of completed buildings of varying complexity and across many different sectors in both Europe and Asia. Our joint experience and skills include the design of new buildings as well as the re-use, conversion and adaptation of existing buildings including Listed Buildings of historical interest. It is fundamental to our work that design disciplines must be used to address the issues surrounding any given project, including the environment, social impact, the economy and the innovative capabilities of the available industry infrastructure. It is clear that much of what has been established in the current built environment is not grounded on these fundamental considerations and this approach is not viable as a long term solution.

The Octagon Partnership therefore believes that we must actively seek a new way of working in Asia founded on the principles of inclusion, sustainability and innovation.

Key Disciplines

As a multi-disciplinary client focused business we work with our network partners to ensure the optimum mix of skills required for each project. We are able to provide seamless solutions from planning and architecture through to graphic, branding and interactive design.

Our core skills include

  • Urban planning and urban design
  • Architecture and interior design
  • Landscape design
  • Street furniture and signage design

International and Regional Experience

Our staff have worked on major projects throughout the Asia Pacific Region, United Kingdom and Europe. They are recruited both in Hong Kong and internationally, and have a very good understanding of the cultural and economic environment in the Asia Pacific region. Strategically located in the business hub of Asia Pacific, Hong Kong, we have extensive experience and expertise all around the Pacific Rim. Our capability in the region is supported by extensive local knowledge and the language skills necessary to operate in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. We have a good understanding of the legal and statutory requirements in the PRC, and most other SE Asian countries.

Selected Octagon Partnership Projects

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